Pull no punches

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

 No one likes to be called on the carpet.

 Especially a team captain who takes pride in his work ethic and willingness to be involved.

  But Flames head coach Darryl Sutter doesn't play favourites.

 He demanded more from leading scorer Jarome Iginla after the Flames fell 5-2 to Vancouver in Game 1.

 Iginla responded by opening the scoring just 3:06 into Game 2, giving his club the spark it needed to even the series with a 2-1 win.

 "I guess that's good coaching," defenceman Rhett Warrener said of the bench boss' motivational technique. "Being able to know what buttons to push with certain players and when and how to do it."

 Warrener, who joined the Flames after an off-season trade with Buffalo, said he quickly realized Sutter would speak his mind if the coach didn't like what he was seeing.

 "I know when I first started playing here, if you screwed up, you came to the bench cringing. And you made sure the next shift, you didn't make the same mistake.

 "The thing is, he's honest and he tells you how it is. He has everyone's respect and when he gives his opinion, guys pay attention."

 Iginla said no player likes being blasted in the press but added he knew he needed to perform better.

 "To be honest, in Game 1, I didn't play very well at key parts of the game," Iginla said. "Not to use it as an excuse but I was overexcited. It was my fault for not staying as prepared as I should be."

 Iginla, who has two goals in four career playoff games, said no one needs to tell him when he's played a bad game.

 Motivation, or lack thereof, was not an issue.

 "It's playoff time so I think we're motivated. It wasn't from a lack of motivation or trying in that first game."

 Still, the results speak for themselves. Sutter also called on Miikka Kiprusoff to return to regular-season form and the star goaltender was nothing short of outstanding in Game 2.

 The coach, it appears, is 2-for-2.

 "As far as whether it works or not, we ended up winning the next game," Iginla said. "I respect him because he's a great coach and I listen, too. I want to get better.

 "But he talks to me, too, it's not just through the media. You listen, learn and the next time, I'm going to be better.

 "That's part of being a professional. Our job is to be at our best and when we're not, the reality is you're going to hear about it."

 Craig Conroy has drawn Sutter's ire in the past and said players have learned to accept the good with the bad.

 "Sometimes he's very tough in the paper but he says the same thing in (the dressing room)," Conroy said.

 "But he doesn't go after the same guy. Everybody's on the hit list and anybody's fair game. It's tough when you hear it about yourself but guys do respond. But in general, guys want to respond anyway.

 "We've got a lot of pride in here and we want to do it ourselves."


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